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Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs, blockbuster, 2012, mixed media. Installation view.

Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs

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Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs, blockbuster, 2012, mixed media. Installation view.

There is a specifically Swiss sense of humor—droll, dark, sweetly absurd, weirdly winning—that effortlessly explodes smallness yet resoundingly resists critical explanation. See, for example, Robert Walser’s modernist literary set pieces that chart the delusions of grandeur of clerks who would be kings (i.e., all of us), or Fischli and Weiss’s more profanely material take on the existential traffic between the provincial and the urbane. Another Swiss duo, Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs, might be the latest entry into this singular national lineage. For the past decade, the pair, who studied photography at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste and have worked together since 2003, have created an image-obsessed oeuvre that has moved from the sly photographic series of modeled and real American road-trip shots in their book The Great Unreal (2009)—which took a decidedly less

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